Community Investments

2016-17 Community Partners

 Every Person.  Every Community.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in Southwest Minnesota. More than 35,000 local people will be served through United Way of Southwest Minnesota initiatives, community partner programs and partnerships in 2016-17. Impact work is focused on education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. UWSWMN achieves these goals by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve measureable impact and connecting human and financial resources. Your dollar goes further with UWSWMN because we’re not doing our work alone.

Our 2016 campaign officially kicked off in early September with a series of meetings/trainings. This effort will be co-chaired by Lee Steffen and Julie Pederson. Steffen is a Safety Specialist for Archer Daniels Midland and Pederson is the Payroll Coordinator Administrator for Sanford Canby Medical Center.

Dollars raised will be re-invested in local programs and people. Community Investment volunteers from throughout our service area review all grant requests and make funding recommendations to our local Board of Directors to be certain that your contribution makes the largest impact. Contributions to your local United Way improve lives right here where you live. Your donation will go far…but not far away.

Over the last ten years, United Way of Southwest Minnesota has re-invested more than $4.4 million locally to benefit the lives of our friends and neighbors. For more information on the work of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, our community partners, internal UWSWMN programming, and/or volunteer opportunities please visit The United Way of Southwest Minnesota has also earned the Charities Review Council Meets Standards seal which is a marker of nonprofit strength and accountability for those seeking a place to make charitable contributions. We encourage donors to view our profile at for additional information.

Following is a chart of the programs being supported by funds raised in last year's campaign, as well as information regarding where funding from United Way of Southwest Minnesota is making an impact in people's lives. 

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED®

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.